Cheerleaders Say Their Uniforms Are Too Skimpy

Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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CHEERLEADERS AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BRIDGEPORT SAY THEIR UNIFORMS LEAVE THEM FEELING EXPOSED.

CHEERLEADERS AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BRIDGEPORT SAY THEIR UNIFORMS LEAVE THEM FEELING EXPOSED.

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"Gimme a T!" A T-shirt, that is.

Some Connecticut cheerleaders are asking for some more clothing after receiving new uniforms that leave little to the imagination.

The high school cheerleaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, think their new uniforms show too much skin and they want town officials to do something about it.

Heidi Medina, a former captain of Central High School’s cheerleading squad, stood before the Bridgeport Board of Education last week where she took off her oversized sweats and revealed her skimpy cheerleading uniform, the Connecticut Post reports.

"We ask with the utmost respect you [to] do anything in your power to help us," Medina asked the BOE, according to the Post. "I don't feel comfortable wearing this."

The uniform that has the teens red faced and angry includes a quarter-length top that shows cheerleaders’ midriffs and over-sized sweats, the Post reports.

Nyasia Clemons, a senior, said the uniforms violate league rules that require uniforms, when “standing at attention, apparel must cover the midriff."

Denise Clemons, assistant superintendent for secondary schools, told the Post that the new uniforms are appropriate, that the sizes were based on sizes students gave last spring, but that the city's athletic director would purchase black body suits for the girls to wear underneath the uniform.

School officials released a statement on Tuesday saying that another piece of the uniform was ordered to cover the girls' midriffs.

The girls’ complaint comes soon after a study on college cheerleaders was released that determined that women, especially those wearing midriff-bearing uniforms, are at risk of developing eating disorders.

"The Bridgeport Public Schools and its officials do not condone inappropriate attire and indecency. School officials have been working with the students since the summer," the statement from the schools says.

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